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Does Drum Circle Need A Permit?

Does Drum Circle Need A Permit?

(This letter also went to city, park and Coastal Commission officials.) Editor, Mr. Fried (La Vida Laguna) has been using this beach for years as product extension, as a promotional marketing tool to expand a private, for profit venture. Just as the snack concessionaire several years ago went through re-visiting regarding a few chairs and […]

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Author Rebuts Butow’s Opinion of Drum Circle

Author Rebuts Butow’s Opinion of Drum Circle

Editor, I am responding to Mr. Butow’s critique of the “Full Moon Drum Circle” via a July 15 email that you all received. I have participated in the drum circle since 2007. I have rarely missed a month. I have been a resident of Orange County for 25 years and have had an active law […]

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Police Suppress Popular Drum Circle

Police Suppress Popular Drum Circle

Laguna Beach police and park rangers pre-emptively closed off emptying public parking lots at Aliso Beach for last Saturday’s Full Moon Drum Circle due to predictions of a large turnout, and drummers say the decision put people in peril by forcing them onto the highway. A dozen police personnel, two rangers and a fire department […]

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Coastal Commission Will Eventually See Past Ranch’s Critics

Coastal Commission Will Eventually See Past Ranch’s Critics

Editor, After reading recent articles in the Independent, I am deeply saddened to learn that the project we locals have always referred to as Ben Brown’s (now The Ranch) has been halted due to a last minute appeal to the Coastal Commission by a local resident. According to the article, the reasons for his appeal […]

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Speaker's Corner

Speaker’s Corner

Laying Out Ranch Plans First and foremost, I’d like to thank the people of Laguna for their overwhelming support of our restoration here at The Ranch at Laguna Beach (Aliso Creek/Ben Browns). Inevitably, while complementing what we’re doing, they offer to help support our efforts and set the record straight on what is (and isn’t) […]

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Grand Jury is Wrong on the Airport

Grand Jury is Wrong on the Airport

By Keith Curry In more than eight years on the Newport Beach City Council, the lesson I have learned is that effective governance involves a continual search for balance between unfettered growth and protection of the quality of life in the community. Too much emphasis on uncontrolled growth leads to traffic, excess density, noise and […]

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Senior Center Moment

Senior Center Moment

  I read in the Indy that the senior center is looking for a younger crowd.  Be careful what you wish for.  Suppose they get what they want.  The demographic goes from 63 to 11. Won’t we have to change the name to the Susi Q Senior Boys & Girls Club? And then, the parking […]

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Police Crack Down on Park Smokers

Police Crack Down on Park Smokers

Undercover Laguna Beach police officers issued five citations to people found smoking Saturday, June 21, in the drought-parched open space known as the Carolyn Wood Knoll, near Alta Laguna Park. Since law enforcement officials believe smokers are lighting up during darkness, officers also cautioned numerous others in the Aliso and Wood Canyon Wilderness Park about […]

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Housing for Homeless Encounters Resistence

Housing for Homeless Encounters Resistence

Editor, The proposed development for a permanent supportive 40 unit housing project to house those mental and/or physical disabled will include those with chronic substance abuse issues since sobriety is neither mandatory nor required for any resident. The disabled were identified as those homeless who are mentally (schizophrenia, bipolar, Tourette syndrome, severely depressed, etc), physically […]

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A Post-Script to The Tell

A Post-Script to The Tell

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent A charred scrap of The Tell, the 636-foot-long photomural assembled in Laguna Canyon in 1989, looks like an excavated piece of earth, with jagged, discolored edges and flaps of completely faded photos peeling off its surface. This remaining section the installation created by Mark Chamberlain and the late […]

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Supportive Housing Reduces Homelessness

Supportive Housing Reduces Homelessness

Editor, Now that the City has determined that a moratorium on development in Laguna Canyon is not necessary, it is again time to focus on a plan that will eventually result in the building of permanent supportive housing to help address the issue of homelessness in Laguna Beach. Research completed by the National Alliance to End […]

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Video Surveillance on Alta Laguna Drive

Video Surveillance on Alta Laguna Drive

The Fire Department will install a new camera at the north end of Alta Laguna Drive to help law enforcement officials document and investigate criminal activity in the area, such as smoking, use of open fires, or access to the wilderness park outside normal hours of operation. The camera, will eventually provide real-time images to police […]

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Council Rejects Building Moratorium

Council Rejects Building Moratorium

In response to fears of runaway development along Laguna Canyon, the City Council weighed imposing a building moratorium, but ultimately instead called for public workshops to better define existing planning guidelines. Forty-three people pled their case Tuesday before the Council, with roughly half seeking a halt on development and the other half asking that, moratorium […]

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Keep Streets Free for Fire Engines

Keep Streets Free for Fire Engines

Editor: I remember a place filled with smoke, locked in the small room, arms outstretched, touching hot surfaces, trying to find the door, and then pulling on it with strength fueled by fear, terror. Screams of the other tenants. But the fire had begun on the bottom floor, and the flames were rising upward, like tentacles […]

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Fire Danger Requires Smoking Crackdown

Fire Danger Requires Smoking Crackdown

Editor, I have lived in the Top of the World area for 35 years. Evacuating my home during the devastating 1993 fire was one of the most traumatic events of my life. That event left me psychologically scared and hyper-aware of the possibility of something like that happening again. The severe drought conditions this year […]